Hungarian Membership in the European Union

 –       Economic and political benefits through ceded sovereignty –

 

Written by: Virag Gulyas
Supervisor: László Bogár
Main Interview: Viktor Segesváry (UNDP)
Year: 2010
Price: €10.00
Length: 58 pages

Abstract

This Dissertation attempts to examine whether nation states obtain the same economic and political power as they used to have in the pre-WWII era. The study reveals crucial International (Business) Relation debates on the process of globalisation, the role of the states and the altering concept of sovereignty. Furthermore, it offers answers why regional cooperation, such as the EU, has gathered ground and turned to be a target for each country. The applied research methodology was a qualitative approach, consequently, the paper does not aim to testify a hypothesis but through exploring the research question build well-justified assumptions.

This Dissertation attempts to examine whether nation states obtain the same economic and political power as they used to have in the pre-WWII era. The study reveals crucial International (Business) Relation debates on the process of globalisation, the role of the states and the altering concept of sovereignty. Furthermore, it offers answers why regional cooperation, such as the EU, has gathered ground and turned to be a target for each country. The applied research methodology was a qualitative approach, consequently, the paper does not aim to testify a hypothesis but through exploring the research question build well-justified assumptions.

The main objective of the dissertation is to investigate the following research question: to what extent does the EU as an economic and political integration has an influence on national sovereignty? Having scrutinized the posing in connection with Hungary’s economic and political sovereignty during the pre and post EU accession periods in detail, the author proposes quasi-hypothesis as the results of the research work.

Based on the primary and secondary data analysis the author concluded that even though the EU evidently lessens national autonomy in every sense (external, internal, legal, political), being inside the integration is still more beneficial than remaining fully sovereign and staying outside.

The dissertation ends with a line of recommendations for both Hungary and the EU to enable a prosperous integration parallel with a certain level of retained national autonomy.

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